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U-Wing – Star Wars: Rogue One – 3 3/4 inch scale ship

Let’s take a look at something from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

The U-Wing. A starfighter that doubles as a troop transport. It saw a good piece of action in Rogue One, even taking on the name Rogue One at one point. It is too bad it was created so recently, as it could have been very useful in the original trilogy that followed Rogue One. There are a bunch of cool things we saw in Rogue One that didn’t carry over to the original trilogy, but that is to be expected. Today we are going to look at the ship.

It comes in a good sized box. I was surprised to see so much room left in the box. The biggest complaint I saw was how relatively small the body actually is. It seems that they could have gone 10-20% larger and still stayed inside the box.

There are a lot of parts in the box. The body, Cassian with a gun, two super long wings, four engines, and 2 NERF darts. If you read my A-Wing review, you will know I have no love of the NERF gimmick. At least this time around, the blaster can be tucked up in the body, so it isn’t so blatantly annoying, like it is with the A-Wing.

First let’s look at Cassian. It is a typical figure we see in this modern, but not Golden Age of Star Wars. It should be the Golden Age, with figures that have good articulation. But no, somewhere along the line, Hasbro went backwards from the Clone Era where we got super articulation, to going back to 5 points. Ugh.

Well, he is very static with such a small amount of articulation, but I am not terribly worried about it, since I am really only interested in the ship. My figure focus is in The Black Series with the 6 inch figures. He comes with his blaster, and a holster on his hip for carrying his gun.

He comes with a seatbelt. HAHA!!!

Onto the ship. Let’s put Cassian in the…wait a minute. What is this cockpit they have him going into? The cockpit in the movie is big enough for two people and extra space for moving around. This one has room for one pilot and that is about it. This is where the smaller size comes into play, and there are plenty of people bummed about it.

Moving on to the outside of the ship. It has those great engines that connect the U-Wing to the X-Wing in design and function. That was a great touch. It has the fat belly, but it is a bit on the slim side for allowing soldiers to jump out of the door that is way too small.

Other than the size problem, this is a really nice ship. The details are really well done, from the mold lines, to the paint. It does look a little too clean, and could go a long way with a bit of weathering, which I will probably get around to one of these days. There are four landing struts that are moved down by hand. Two are under the body, and two are in the bottom engines. Having four struts really makes a strong platform for the ship to settle onto terra firma.

The biggest excitement for this vehicle when it was premiered in the trailers was the swept wing that stick out way in front, and then sweep back to make the ship very long. It totally changes the look of the ship. If you look at the bottom, you can see the NERF blaster sticking out. It is dark in color, and slides up and down easily. Thankfully it is out of the way for the most part.

Taking a look at the top of the ship, you can see the lever that gets pulled to make the wings sweep back.

Overall, this is a really nice ship. There are issues with size, and adding an unnecessary NERF blaster to the bottom, but those are fairly minor, and the design of the ship is very appealing, and fun to play with. It is big and has moving parts. Can’t ask for much more than that.


World of Nintendo – Slippy Toad, Fox McCloud, and Peppy

The World of Nintendo figures were not on my radar before late last year. I picked up Mario, and from there, I had to have others. I have most of the Mario Bros. gang, and then I found some Star Fox figures that were a lot of fun too. I like that they fit into scale with one another very well.

I remember playing Star Fox when I was younger on my SNES, and loved the 3D game play. It is so rudimentary by today’s standards, with better graphics on my phone than the SNES, but back then, to go from playing game with sideways scroll, or top-down views of planes flying, this was crazy awesome.

The figures, as with all of the World of Nintendo figures, come with an accessory. The first released figures came with a blind box surprise. That was fine, but pretty easy to figure out what was in the box. Fox McCloud was the only one from this series that was early enough to have a blind box.

Fox is really well done. He has passable articulation, as do most of the figures in this line. They don’t go too crazy, but for most of the figures, the 11 or so POA are enough.

Fox cam with a tiny model of the Arwing that he flies around in. Now he can recreate his favorite scene from Top Gun, where the pilots were playing around with models.

I found Peppy second. I love this guy. He does not have the tough pilot look that Fox has. There is no arrogance about him. He is cuter than he is action hero. But that is part of his charm. He is a short guy, with his head only coming to Fox’s shoulder. Those ears make up for it though. He comes with a supply box. Not the best of accessories, but decent enough for display.

Then there is Slippy. Another rather cute looking guy. I am starting to see why we got Fox and Falco in Super Smash Brothers, but not these two. Slippy come with a bomb.


This is a great team of characters. They look great together. I have never been able to find Falco, but I am still on the hunt. Online places want $24 or more, if they are not already sold out. It could be quite tricky to fill out the four members of this team. At least these three are really well done, and have a place on the shelf with the rest of my World of Nintendo figures.


Wolverine – Marvel Legends – Juggernaut Series

Over the years we have had lots and lots of Wolverines. This guy has always been a mainstay of the Marvel Universe, and he has been a part of every team conceivable. Of course, none of them more so than with the X-Men.

This time around we get Wolverine in his brown and yellow outfit. It has been referred to as his gaijin costume, since he wore it during his time in Japan in the comics. Hasbro really went out of their way this time around to really give the team a unique look. They could have gone with outfits that had them all matching in their yellow and blue, but that would have been a lot of the same. Some people don’t like this outfit and color scheme, but when was initially introduced to Wolverine, he was still running around in this outfit.

The sculpt looks great. He is a bit shorter than the other characters in the line, just he way he should be.

One of the best parts of the sculpt is the change in the shoulders. He has more movement in his shoulders than we find with Spider-Man. That allows for some pretty dynamic posing for him. You can get some fairly accurate comic poses.

Since it is Wolverine, you have to have claws that come out of the hands. In the past, they have used one sculpt pieces with hands and claws together, and what we get are wavy rubbery claws that do not stay straight. What Hasbro did this time was make hands with holes, and then add harder plastic claws later. It works to great effect. Not only that, but you get more posing options for Wolvie, with choices on how many claws he has out.

He comes with “accessories” of an extra set of hands. Unfortunately they are more fists, this time with no claw holes. I think the claw holes are small enough that they did not need to include a second set of fists. I would like to have seen open hands with the claw holes, so you can mix and match for even more dynamics.

I love Wolverine. Always have, always will, so this was a natural choice for me. I would have picked him up, even if it was the extra figure in the wave. He looks great, he is a lot of fun to play with, and he is a quintessential character in the X-Men universe, so he is definitely a must-have.


Bullseye – Marvel Legends Toy Biz – Galactus Series

We are going into the Way-Back Machine here. 2005 to be more precise. Toy Biz was the company, and big articulation was their game. They focused on giving us good figures with lots of articulation, and some extra paint. Most of the time what they gave us was brilliant. They had some things to work through along the way, like the ball jointed hips that really stood out as strange and weird. That is when function won over form, and hurt the overall look.

They also went with super articulation in the hands and gave us articulated fingers. Now, for grasping, that was quite fantastic. Making a fist is a lot harder with straight fingers. You get guys who look like they have never thrown a punch before.

Bullseye came across my radar, and since I wasn’t really collecting Marvel Legends at the time, except for getting all of the parts to the most awesome BAF of all time, the Sentinel. I figured with a couple of great Daredevils that came out at the end of last year, it would be good to have a Bullseye for him to fight.

Overall I like this guy. He is well artuculated as he should be. He has great paint apps that help to tone down the white. I really like all of the pockets and pouches he has all over the place. It adds a lot to the outfit.

I don’t know how many parts of Galactus I am going to end up collecting for this one. The prices for this very first BAF series is up there pretty high.


Swindle – Transformers Generations – Combiner Wars – Bruticus

The return to the Generation 1 designs continues. Currently we are seeing the Combaticons trickle into the stores. It has been pretty quiet out there on the Trasformers aisle since the holidays. Bruticus and Sky Reign are on their way, and the showing so far is good.

The first figure I found was Swindle. He has been around for a good long time, and as any good scoundrel, he comes out of the woodwork when needed and disappears again. We have seen a lot of him over the years in the different continuities, and we see him again in the Combiner Wars line.

If you know anything about this guy, this is usually what we get. Big purple eyes on a black head, with a yellowish body. He is some kind of light military vehicle, similar to his G1 version, but this time he is bigger and has better articulation.

I am not really digging this backpack.  We have had some big backpacks in the past, but this one is crazy.  It sticks out and up.  If it rains, Swindle is going to have his pants full of water.

His articulation is fantastic.  He has all of the good movement we see in the current run of Deluxe figures.   In addition, he also has hinged feet so he can keep both feet planted firmly on the ground, no matter the pose.

He comes with two guns.  His primary gun is a three barreled rifle.  It has good details, and fits well in his hand.   He also comes with the requisite foot/hand gun that all of the Deluxe figures come with. It is a bit too large, as most of these are.

Swindle turns into a light armored, open air vehicle. It is a highly detailed vehicle, but unknown as to what it is. Definitely setup for running in the desert.

The guns can be mounted on the top with a post in the middle and holes on both of the back portions. The black gun actually mounts sideways on the center post. It is a bit weird to have the gun mounted sideways like that, but they needed a post to be able to mount the big gun there too.

A very nice robot, and a good vehicle.  It is hard to imagine that this is a retool of Rook, looking at the vehicle.   The color makes him stand out from the other figures we have seen so far, and we have seen a lot of figures.  There are just minor nit-picks with this figure, and he is done very well overall.  I am looking forward to finding the rest of the Combaticons, and really getting the Combiner War started.


Misty Knight – Marvel Legends Rhino Series

Misty Knight was my last holdout for the Rhino Series. There was a terrible production flaw with some wonky eyes, and she came with a second torso for Rhino. So it was pretty easy to pass on her, when the other figure was the outstanding Ghost Rider figure.

My local Toys R Us is closing soon, due to the company selling the land for a housing development. The Bay Area needs is another housing development like a hole in the head. Well, they put the entire store on “up to 50% off.” That means they took away all of the good merchandise and left mostly garbage or what they have a huge amount of at other stores.  Luckily for me, what they have a lot of at other stores is Marvel Legends, since they stockpiled the last two waves and really warmed those pegs. A nice 30% off and a huge amount of Misty’s sitting around, and I was able to find one with good eyes, and a discount to take the sting out of having an extra torso that I cannot use.

Misty is a really well done figure. She looks fantastic. Definitely a unique figure for the Marvel shelves. She has on a great looking jumpsuit with just a tough of yellow. She has a shoulder holster where it looks like she holds extra rounds, and a gun holster on her hip. She has her robotic right hand, which should be a right arm, but we will go with the hand. Of course one of the most stand-out parts of her outfit is the huge fro of hair behind her headband, and man does it look great! It does make her head top heavy sticking out back there.

This time period is about the best time for her to be out. She is friends with Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, all future and current Netflix shows. Might we see her in the flesh? Not to mention she was a part of Heroes for Hire and the Fearless Defenders, so we could see her when Netflix gets around to producing The Defenders after their run of current Marvel shows. Add in that she was in the Fearless Defenders with Valkyrie, who was in the most recent wave of Marvel Legends, and I am surprised that she is still in the stores at all.


Halo 4 Spartan Soldier Red/White – Walgreens Exclusive

Ho, Ho, Ho! Now I have a machine gun too. A little nod to my favorite Christmas movie, Die Hard.

Doesn’t this guy look like an elite trooper for Santa? The red and white color scheme, and I would think he should give off a peppermint smell.

He was a Walgreens Exclusive figure a while back for Halo 4. I missed him the first time around, since the Halo figures had fallen off my radar. Well, on the look for Halo 5 figures, I stumbled upon him in a store. Also fitting as Walgreens has a red/white color scheme. Could have worked well for Target as well, but they ended up with a teal guy. Oh well.

The details on this guy are second to none, as we find with most of the Halo figures. I think there is something a little better about this one, with black low lights that really help the rest of the figure to pop, and really show off the armor well.


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